July 22, 2022 – Wanship Fire, County Manager Selection Committee, Solid Waste Services Fee, & Summit County Fair / Concert



Today, we’ll cover:

  • The Wanship Fire that occurred earlier this week. 
  • Discuss the County Manager Selection Committee.
  • Remind listeners about their Solid Waste Services Fee due early August. 
  • And, talk about some very exciting Summit County events coming up later this summer!

Wanship Fire  

On the evening of Sunday, July 17, around 4 PM, a structure and grass fire ignited in Wanship closing both directions of Old Lincoln Highway between Wanship I-80 exits and entrances.  

Soon after, at roughly 6:30 PM, a mandatory evacuation order was issued for the vicinity around 30042 Old Lincoln Highway and a temporary shelter was opened at the Wanship LDS Church.  

The fire was estimated to be about 40 acres.

Thanks to the response of North Summit, South Summit and Park City Fire Districts evacuations were lifted by 9 PM that same evening, and by the morning of Monday, July 18 the fire was 100% contained.  

A huge thanks again to the responding fire districts and all other agencies involved.  

County Manager Selection Committee  

As we reported last week, the Summit County Council is seeking nominations from interested citizens who would like to serve on the County Manager Selection Committee. 

The committee will be composed of five to nine members. To serve, individuals must be registered voters in Summit County and either nominate themselves or receive a nomination. Summit County Council will review the nominations and appoint members. 

If you or someone you know is interested in being involved with this process, please submit your name, or a nominee’s name, phone number and a short letter of interest addressed to David Warnock, at  Summit CountyP.O. Box 128, Coalville, UT, 84017, or to dwarnock@summitcounty.org on or before Tuesday, July 26, 2022. 

To clarify, You DO have to be a registered Summit County voter to participate but you DO NOT need to be a registered Summit County voter to nominate someone else.

Once in place, the committee will hire and coordinate with a search firm to conduct a nationwide recruitment and evaluation process, after which they will recommend three finalist candidates to the County Council. 

The Council will interview each of the three top candidates to determine the next County Manager. The recruiting process is expected to take a minimum of four months to complete.   

Solid Waste Services Fee  

Up next, we just wanted to give a quick reminder that your annual solid waste services fee is due Thursday, August 4. Mailed invoices or paperless electronic invoices were sent last week, so be sure to check your mailboxes.  

For some context, your annual Solid Waste Services Fee is $60 for the year, which equates to only $5 per month. This cost is substantially below the actual cost to operate household waste and recycle collection.  

For more information about solid waste services and this fee, please visit the Solid Waste page under Public Works on summitcounty.org.

Or, if you have questions, please contact the Summit County Solid Waste Division at 435-336-3970.  

Summit County Fair  

Moving on to some very exciting news…the Summit County Fair is returning in just two weeks! This year’s fair will run from August 6 through August 13.  

Come join us and experience this traditional, small-town fair with cowboys and bucking broncos, a carnival, fair royalty, home canned goods, flowers, vegetables, and so much more! Events are held throughout Summit County, but the home-base is in Coalville at the Summit County Fairgrounds!  

The signature Demolition Derby event is already sold out, but the 2022 PRCA Rodeo, happening Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13th still has 50% of tickets available. Save your spot NOW at bit.ly/summitrodeo22

And, while we patiently wait for Saturday, August 6 to get here, stay in touch about all things Summit County Fair using our fair text line. Text SUMMITFAIR to 888777.  

Easton Corbin  

And, finally, Summit County is proud to present Easton Corbin in concert at the Summit County Fairgrounds on September 3rd at 8:30 PM!  

Opening artists Honkey Blue Tonkey, Triggers and Slips, and Jagertown will also join in on the fun!  

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 25th at 10 AM! Tickets are available at summitcountyfair.org under the events tab! Tickets start at $25 and we hope to see you there!


July 15, 2022 – Interim County Manager Appointed, County Manager Selection Committee & Truth in Taxation



Today, we’ll cover:

  • The appointment of an interim County Manager
  • Truth in Taxation process for four taxing entities in Summit County 
  • And, several events happening in Summit County this week that our listeners should have marked on their calendars! 

Janna Young named Interim County Manager  

The Summit County Council has appointed Janna Young as interim County Manager, effective July 30, 2022. She will step in for Tom Fisher who, as we reported last week, resigned from his position as County Manager to become the Town Manager in Frisco, Colorado.  

Young has worked for Summit County for six years. She began as the Director of Public Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs in 2017 and in March of 2018, she was promoted to Deputy County Manager and has held the role since.  

The County Council will begin a formal process of recruiting a new County Manager immediately.  

A Selection Committee, composed of five to nine members, will be enacted in the coming weeks. To serve on the selection committee, individuals must be registered voters in Summit County and either nominate themselves or receive a nomination. Summit County Council will review the nominations and appoint members.

If you or someone you know is interested in being involved with this process, please submit your name, or the nominee’s name, phone number, and a short letter of interest to David Warnock/Summit County, P.O. Box 128, Coalville, UT, 84017, or to dwarnock@summitcounty.org on or before July 26, 2022.

You DO have to be a registered Summit County voter to participate but you DO NOT need to be a registered Summit County voter to nominate someone else.

Once in place, the committee will hire and coordinate with a search firm to conduct a nationwide recruitment and evaluation process, after which they will recommend three finalist candidates to the County Council.

The Council will interview each of the three top candidates to determine the next County Manager. The recruiting process is expected to take a minimum of four months to complete.   

Truth in Taxation (Water Districts)  

The Central Utah and Weber Basin Water Conservancy Districts were in front of the Council for Truth in Taxation presentations. For context, Truth in Taxation is a process established by the Utah State Legislature where local governments and districts are required to hold a public hearing and inform taxpayers of proposed increases prior to Councils and/or Boards voting on them for formal adoption.  

Both water districts presented proposed Fiscal Year 2023 tax rates, both of which increased from the previous year.  

Central Utah Water proposed a 24% increase. Impacts of the increase for a $513,000 primary residence would equate to $22.01 a year or $1.83 a month for Summit County taxpayers serviced by Central Utah Water.  

Weber Basin proposed a 62% increase. Impacts of the increase for a $543,000 primary residence this would equate to $49.05 a year or $4.09 a month for Summit County taxpayers receiving services from Weber Basin.

Reasons for increases range from higher bond rates to the historical inflation rates we’re currently experiencing. Both districts shared their plans for use of the money which included several capital projects and replacements, as well as heightened conservation efforts.

In addition to the water districts, two other taxing entities in Summit County: Park City School District and Oakley City, will be going through Truth in Taxation public hearings this year to consider raising property taxes. Stay tuned for more information on those hearings in the coming weeks.

Long Range Transportation Plan  

The Eastern Summit County Planning Commission is conducting a public hearing on the Long-Range Transportation Plan for the years 2022-2050 next week on Thursday, July 21 @ 6 p.m.  

For info on how to tune in or join in person, and to view projects in the plan, visit: bit.ly/LRTPRecs 

To submit a written comment: Email bbrady@summitcounty.org prior to the meeting.  

2023 Calendar  

Calling everyone who loves Summit County scenery! We want to include your photos in our 2023 Summit County Calendar! Submit your photos to bit.ly/calendar23 for a chance to showcase your photography. 

The submission deadline is July 21 at 11:59 PM. 

There are only a few rules to enter. All images must: 

  • Be taken in Summit County 
  • Be YOUR original work 
  • Be high-resolution (NO smartphone photos!) 

Winners will receive 3 calendars and will be featured on Summit County’s social media channels! 

Nonprofit Funding Opportunity  

Attention Summit County Non-Profits! This message is for you! Summit County is currently seeking applications from non-profit entities for fiscal year 2023 grant funding. 

Applications must be submitted online at bit.ly/NPOgrant, The deadline to apply is a week from today on Friday, July 29, 2022 at 5 PM.


July 8, 2022 – Silver Summit County Campus, OSAC Update, Emergency Operations Plan, & County Manager Resignation



This week we’ll talk about: 

  • County facility improvements and the new Silver Summit County Campus
  • An update on the OSAC Regional Advisory Groups
  • The County’s Emergency Operations Plan
  • The resignation of County Manager, Tom Fisher.

Silver Summit County Campus 

First up, we want to take a couple minutes to talk about and give context to some county facility improvements that made headway at this week’s County Council meeting.  

Back in 2017, the county commissioned a private firm to produce a capital facilities master plan. Based on that plan, the County identified several high priority facilities that are in need of improvements.  

The identified projects were improvements to the Public Works Complex, Justice Center, Sheldon Richins Building, and the creation of a new County Facility (currently known as the Silver Summit County Campus). The County Council then authorized a $19M Bond to pay for these improvements in 2021.  

Since the recommendation and original budget was developed, several things have happened… 

  1. The Kimball Junction Area Plan was completed which has resulted in staff determining the envisioned improvements to the Richins Building should be delayed until more study has gone into how this facility should be utilized. Council agrees with the delay. 
  2. A detailed programing exercise has been completed with the Departments who would utilize space in the new County facility which identified needs not contemplated in the initial study and which possibly underestimated some needs; and  
  3. There has been unprecedented inflation in the construction market.  

These factors caused some rethinking and further analysis of how this facility could/should be developed and funded. 

Presently, the Public Works Facility Improvements are under way and are within the budgeted amount, which leaves $12.2M available from the bond proceeds for the remaining high priority projects.  

However, due to the factors mentioned above, the budget originally proposed for the new County facility is roughly $15M short of what the updated cost-estimate is.  

As a result, The County Manager directed staff to review other possible funding sources to bridge the gap. Matt Leavitt, Summit County’s Financial Officer, worked to identify several sources that could be used on this type of project. His proposal includes using federal America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and Transient Room Tax funds, as well as monies from the County’s General Fund, Municipal Services Fund, and Assessing and Collecting Fund.  

Matt reported that due to unexpected growth in fund balances over the last few years, and the conservative spending by Departments, fund balances are above their maximums. He also shared that even after dedicating the one-time spending amounts recommended for the new County facility, the balances will remain above their minimums.  

The Council gave staff direction to move forward with the proposed $27 million budget for the new County facility, stating the project is worthy of the use of these resources as it will house critical County functions that will benefit the community for years to come, such as Sheriff’s Administration, County Prosecutors, Department of Motor Vehicle, a meeting and event space, and a shell for a future childcare facility, which is critically needed to recruit and maintain County workers.  

This budget also allows the County to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the County’s High Performance Building Standards ordinance.

The final form of the budget will be finalized through the County’s budget process which will conclude in December of this year. 

OSAC Update 

Up next, we have an exciting open space update! The Council approved County Manager, Tom Fisher’s, recommendations for appointments to the Open Space Advisory Committee’s (OSAC) regional advisory groups.  

As a reminder, the purpose of these groups is to involve the public in creating, prioritizing, adopting, and recommending Evaluation Standards to OSAC for open space acquisitions and conservation easements.  

There are three groups representing each of the North, South, and Western Summit County communities. In total, there were 21 vacancies to fill.  

You can find a complete list of those selected to serve on these regional committees at bit.ly/OSACregional.  

A big congratulations to all 21 selections. Thank you in advance for your service and commitment to stewarding Summit County open space!   

Emergency Operations Plan  

Moving on, Kathryn McMullin, Summit County’s Emergency Manager, reviewed the county’s Emergency Operation Plan with the Council this week. Council approved the updated plan.  

For some context, the purpose of this plan is to develop an efficient and comprehensive emergency management strategy. Basically, it’s a plan that helps the county mitigate disasters, improve response during an emergency, and establish an effective recovery plan.  

Kathryn shared key changes that have been made to the plan. The two most significant included:  

  • Moving the location of the EOC, or Emergency Operations Center, from the Health Department to the Coalville Courthouse. The EOC will have mobile capabilities.   
  • Reassigning the Medical Reserve Corps to the Health Department, and adding the Summit County Wildland Fire Unit to the plan as a volunteer organization.  

Moving forward, Kathryn plans to make the plan more succinct to only include actionable language and direction for when incidents occur. Ultimately, making the document even more efficient and effective in times of emergency.   

County Manager Resignation 

And, finally, County Manager, Tom Fisher, announced his resignation at Wednesday’s Council meeting.  

Tom expressed to the Council how much he has enjoyed working with the Council and the staff of Summit County. He will be moving on to another opportunity outside Utah. His last day with the county will be July 31, 2022.  

Council will start the process to fill the now vacant County Manager position immediately.  

We want to take a moment to thank Tom for his 7.5 years of service to the county. We’re nothing but grateful for his strong leadership and steadfast belief in this organization and support of employees. Thank you, Tom, for your service and friendship, and best wishes on your next endeavor.   


July 1, 2022 – Preliminary Primary Election Results, RAP Tax Grant Recipients, & New Solid Waste and Recycling Agreement



This week we’ll talk about: 

  • Preliminary results of the 2022 Primary Election 
  • 2022 Certified Tax Rates
  • 2022 RAP Tax Grant Recipients
  • Solid Waste and Recycling Agreement with Republic Services
  • New Public Works Director
  • OSAC Update

Preliminary Election Results

The 2022 Primary Election happened this past Tuesday, June 28. We just wanted to take a quick moment to share the preliminary results as reported by the Summit County Clerk’s Office.

As a reminder, there was a Republican Primary for: 

  • A U.S. Senate Seat
  • U.S. House District 1
  • U.S. House District 3
  • State House District 4

So far, Mike Lee, Blake Moore, John Curtis, and Kera Birkeland are ahead in Summit County.

There was also a Nonpartisan Primary for:

  • South Summit School Board Seat No. 5
  • Park City School Board Seat No. 4

In these School Board Primaries two candidates advance to the General Election. So far in South Summit, Olivia Gunnerson and Troy Beckstead are ahead. In Park City, Meredith Reed and Mandy Pomeroy are ahead.

Official results will be posted after the Board of Canvassers meets and certifies the Election Results on July 12th at 4:00 PM at the Ledges Event Center.

If people have received letters asking them if they voted and questioning their signature, they should respond to those letters as soon as possible and no later than July 11th.

2022 Tax Rates

Moving on to this week’s County Council meeting, Summit County Auditor, Michael Howard, was in front of the Council to present the 2022 Certified Tax Rates.

For some background, a certified tax rate is set to guarantee the same amount of revenue each year for taxing entities. This year, Michael reported that the tax rate has decreased from  FY 2021. This rate includes the additional revenue required for bond payments.

So what does this really mean? Well Certified Tax Rates is really one way that the process of property taxes remains transparent and open to public access. Residents are often worried rates will go up if the value of their property increases, but that isn’t necessarily true. Over the entire property tax base in the County, property tax rates get lowered when home values increase, keeping the revenue the same each year. 

Keep an eye on your mail in mid-July (July 22 to be exact) because this is when disclosure notices will be sent to property owners!

RAP Tax

The Summit County RAP Cultural Advisory Committee was back in front of Council this week to present their amended 2022 grant recommendations to the Council.

For some context, the RAP (recreation, arts, & parks) tax is used to enhance or support the funding of publicly owned or operated recreational and zoological facilities, and botanical, cultural, and zoological organizations owned and operated by institutions or private nonprofit organizations. It is a (tenth of a cent) sales tax on certain goods. Citizens of Summit County first voted to approve this tax in 2000 and renewed the tax in 2010 and 2020.

This year, there were 23 applicants with a total request of a little over 1.9 million and there was a total available funds for the grant of just over 1.2 million. Council approved the recommendations. You can find a full list of recipients on the news section on the summitcounty.org homepage or click HERE

Republic Services

Derrick Radke and Tim Loveday were in front of the Council on Wednesday to present the new Solid Waste and Recycling agreement with Republic Services, which the Council approved.

Republic Services current solid waste and recycling contract with the county expires, today actually, on July 1st of 2022. After a request for proposals and a committee review of three competitive bids, staff recommend that the Council award Republic Services the contract for another five years, with option to renew for up to an additional 10 years.

During the work session on this new agreement last week, Tim shared that low cost played a significant role in the appeal of Republic’s proposal, as well as their previous 10 years of experience working in the County. In negotiations with Republic Services, he ensured that there would be additional resources devoted to recycling education and significant improvement of customer service in this new contract.

Specific changes from the prior contract include: a local customer service line separate from the national hotline, enhancing the existing recycling program with improved interaction with Recycle Utah to reduce the contamination rate we’re currently experiencing and a partnership between the County and Republic on the recycling transfer center, and, finally, a menu of opt-in services for things like food waste and glass through subcontractors like Spoil to Soil and Momentum Glass to be available to residents.

New Public Works Director

The Summit County Public Works Department selected John Angell as its next Public Works Director this week.  

John has been serving as the Deputy Public Works Director since 2020, although he’s worked for Summit County for 23 years. He will succeed Derrick Radke, who is retiring from the department this December. The transition will happen over the next months until Derrick’s retirement, the two will split the role and responsibilities until then.

A little background on John for our listeners. He has lived in Kamas his whole life and first started working for Summit County in 1999 for the Engineering Division of Public Works. At that time Derrick and John were the only Engineers on staff, so their roles were numerous. His main role was as a Project Engineer, designing and managing construction projects for Summit County. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors riding in any kind of off highway vehicles.

A big congratulations, John!

OSAC Update

And, finally, we wanted to flag that at next week’s County Council meeting, July 6th, the County Manager will present his appointments to the three volunteer regional advisory committees.

As a reminder, these committees were established as part of the Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) created by the Council to help them establish an evaluation criteria and evaluate properties for use of the open space bond funds adopted by Summit County voters last November. 

If the appointments are approved by the Council, the advisory committees will be officially established and can get to work on helping the Council acquire properties for open space and conservation.


June 24, 2022 – Primary Election Info, “Summit County, UT” Mobile App, & Community Noxious Weeds Tour



This week we’ll talk about: 

  • Important information for the 2022 Primary Election.
  • Exciting news about the “Summit County, UT” Mobile App.
  • A Community Noxious Weeds Tour happening THIS weekend.

Election Info.

The 2022 Primary Election is happening THIS Tuesday, June 28. 

Ballots were mailed to Summit County voters earlier this month. Completed ballots can be returned one of two ways.  

The first is to place your ballot in a Drop Box by 8 PM on Election Day, June 28. There are 10 Drop Box locations throughout the County and their hours vary, check out an up-to-date list HERE

You can also return your ballot by mail. Ballots must be postmarked by Monday, June 27. All ballots have a preprinted return envelope, so voters don’t need to worry about a return address.  

If you plan to vote in-person on Election Day, you can do so at Coalville City Hall, the Marsac Building in Park City, and at the Kimball Junction and Kamas branches of the Summit County Library. All of these locations are open on Tuesday, June 28 from 7 AM to 8 PM. 

And, finally, if you need to vote early, don’t stress! Early voting is available NOW to voters at the Summit County Courthouse and the Kimball Junction branch of the Summit County Library from 8 AM to 5 PM on June 25 and June 27. 

“Summit County, UT” Mobile App 

The Summit County IT and Communications Department presented the new and improved Summit County, UT mobile app. 

The app makes it quick and easy to stay informed on all things Summit County. 

  • Was your recycling service delayed? You can sign up to receive county service disruption notifications on the “Summit County, UT” mobile app! 
  • Do you want to get the latest open space news straight to your phone? You can do so by downloading the “Summit County, UT” mobile app! 
  • Want to make sure you never miss public comment on a pending development proposal or other important issue? Get planning commission, County Council, and other agendas straight to your phone or email through the “Summit County, UT” mobile app! 

The possibilities are endless and users can customize their app to notify them only about what they are interested in.

The app also has key functionalities like Request Tracker so that community members can report potholes, pay taxes or fees, request a permit and so much more! 

The mobile app is FREE and available for download in the apple store and on google play. All you have to do is type Summit County, UT into the search bar. We encourage all our listeners to download the app today! 

Questions? Email info@summitcounty.org and the Communications and Public Engagement Team will be happy to help! 

Community Noxious Weed Tour 

Noxious weeds come in many varieties but are all a threat to our county’s natural beauty and native vegetation. 

Summit County’s Weed Control program is hosting a Community Noxious Weeds Tour THIS Saturday, June 25 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM to educate residents on the “most-wanted” weeds here in Summit County.  

At this event, residents will join Dave Bingham, Weed Superintendent, and Dan Pena, Weed Enforcement Officer, at three different locations (Richardson Flat, Jeremy Ranch, and Summit Park) to learn to identify and control noxious weeds on their own properties.  

The bus has filled up, but residents are still encouraged to come join in on the fun! Gloves are suggested, but not required. Coffee and pastries will be provided before the tour begins.

If you would like to join, please RSVP HERE.  


June 17, 2022 – Primary Election Info, Community Renewable Energy Agency, OSAC Update & Upcoming Community Events



This week we’ll talk about: 

  • Important information for the 2022 Primary Election
  • The Community Renewable Energy Agency
  • Summit County Open Space Advisory Committee Update
  • Long Range Transportation Plan Virtual Feedback Opportunity
  • Community Noxious Weed Tour
  • THRIVE Teen Wellness Program
  • Living with Wildfire Learning Series

ELECTION  

Alright! First up we want to take a moment to talk about some important information regarding the upcoming Primary Election, which is happening on Tuesday, June 28.  

Your ballots were mailed earlier this month. Completed ballots can be returned one of two ways. 

The first is to place your ballot in a Drop Box by 8 PM on Election Day, June 28. There are 10 Drop Box locations throughout the County and their hours vary, check out an up-to-date list at bit.ly/2022dropbox

You can also return your ballot by mail. Ballots must be postmarked by Monday, June 27. All ballots have a preprinted return envelope, so voters don’t need to worry about a return address.  

If you plan to vote in-person on Election Day, you can do so at Coalville City Hall, the Marsac Building in Park City, and at the Kimball Junction and Kamas branches of the Summit County Library. All of these locations are open on Tuesday, June 28 from 7 AM to 8 PM. 

And, finally, if you need to vote early, don’t stress! Early voting (which requires no excuse here in Utah) will take place at the Summit County Courthouse and the Kimball Junction branch of the Summit County Library on June 23, June 24, June 25 and June 27 from 8 AM to 5 PM.

COMMUNITY RENEWABLE ENERGY  

Moving on to some clean energy news, unincorporated Summit County and four municipalities (Coalville, Francis, Oakley, and Park City) in Summit County have joined a community renewable energy program that aims to launch a default net-100% renewable electricity option for Rocky Mountain Power customers in their communities. 

The program, formally called the Community Renewable Energy Agency (or the “Utah 100 Communities”) formed in response to HB 411, a 2019 bill called the Utah Community Renewable Energy Act, that created a pathway for interested communities served by Rocky Mountain Power to collaborate on creating this first-of-its kind renewable electricity program.  

Several steps remain on the path to creating the new renewable electricity program. The Agency hopes Rocky Mountain Power will file a Program application with the Utah Public Service Commission later this year. Should that application be approved, interested communities will each need to adopt ordinances to finalize their participation. The new renewable electricity program could launch as soon as 2023 or 2024. 

 OSAC UPDATE  

Up next, we have a quick update on the Summit County Open Space Advisory Committee.  

58 applicants were received for the 21 seats available across the three regional subcommittees.  

From here, the County Manager will sort through these applications and make final appointments to the Committees. These appointments will then need to be ratified by the Summit County Council.   

We can expect that the regional subcommittees will start meeting in July.   

LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION  

Did you miss the Engineering Open House event last month? No worries! Visit bit.ly/LRTPRecs to review projects in Summit County’s Long Range Transportation Plan which spans the next 30 years. This virtual feedback opportunity will be open until Monday, June 20.  

COMMUNITY NOXIOUS WEEDS TOUR 

Noxious weeds come in many varieties but are all a threat to our county’s natural beauty and native vegetation. 

Summit County’s Weed Control program is hosting a Community Noxious Weeds Tour on Saturday, June 25 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM to educate residents on the “most-wanted” weeds here in Summit County.  

At this event, residents will join Dave Bingham, Weed Superintendent, and Dan Pena, Weed Enforcement Officer, at three different locations (Richardson Flat, Jeremy Ranch, and Summit Park) to learn to identify and control noxious weeds on their own properties.  

Transportation will be provided for up to 14 people. Gloves are suggested, but not required. Coffee and pastries will be provided before the tour begins. 

If you would like to join, please RSVP here: bit.ly/weedsRSVP  

 FREE TEEN WELLNESS PROGRAM 

 Heads up, Summit County parents! This summer our friends at Live Like Sam are offering THRIVE, a FREE program that will help strengthen and empower your child this summer.  

 THRIVE is for 9th-12th graders in Summit County and works to build confidence, leadership skills, and resilience. The program will take place the week of July 3rd  through the week of Aug 7th. There are six weekly virtual sessions that are one hour long. 

Visit livelikesam.org/thrive for a more in-depth schedule and registration link.  

 LIVING WITH WILDFIRE  

Last but not least, we wanted to remind you about the Living with Wildfire series happening NOW through October. 

Here in Summit County we live with the threat of wildfire all year long and so it’s important to stay informed and prepared about what it means to “live with wildfire.”  

Earlier this month, a learning series called Living with Wildfire began. The series takes place all throughout the county and the events will teach you about planning for a fire evacuation, how fire affects our watershed, the impacts of the changing climate on our local landscape, and MORE!  

The series is FREE and OPEN to the public. The next event is July 12 at the Jim Santy Auditorium where you’ll learn from emergency management experts about how to plan for an evacuation.  

For a complete list of events throughout the year, visit: bit.ly/wildfireseries.


June 10, 2022 – Primary Election Info, Summer Fire Outlook, & Restaurant Tax Grant Recipients



This week we’ll talk about: 

  • Important information for the 2022 Primary Election
  • The fire outlook through August 2022 
  • Updates on the Pinebrook Townhomes Project
  • Restaurant Tax 2022 grant recipients

ELECTION INFO. 

Alright! First up we want to take a moment to talk about the upcoming Primary Election, which is happening in just two and a half weeks (on June 28)!  

Ballots were mailed out to Summit County voters earlier this week (on June 7) and should be arriving in mailboxes this weekend or early next week!  

As a reminder: There will be a Republican Primary for one of the U.S. Senate Seats, U.S. House Districts 1 and 3, and State House District 4. There will also be a Nonpartisan Primary for South Summit School Board Seat No. 5 and Park City School Board Seat No. 4.  

Check back next week for a rundown on deadlines for returning completed ballots in the mail or via drop box, as well as in-person voting locations and hours!  

In the meantime you can find a complete guide to the 2022 Primary Election at bit.ly/SCprimary22.  

FIRE OUTLOOK

Moving onto some fire-related news. Summit County’s Fire Warden, Bryce Boyer, and Emergency Manager, Kathryn McMullin, were in front of the Council this week to talk about the fire outlook through August 2022 for Summit County. Here’s what they shared…

We had a wetter spring, which has led to more fine fuels, like grasses for example, than we saw last year. The increase in fine fuels creates a much higher chance for a fire to start and travel.  

In addition, despite a wetter spring, temperatures are expected to move above normal, the rain is expected to drop off to below normal level, and winds are expected to be increasing in the coming summer months. This combination will quickly dry out and cure the fuels and may lead to a higher than normal fire danger and growth as we move into late June and July. 

Bryce also mentioned that he will be monitoring whether or not the monsoon season comes in dry or wet. Because there is normally a fair amount of lighting associated with monsoon season, if it comes in dry that would heighten the likelihood of a fire to start and increase the fire’s spread potential.  

Finally, you may notice reservoirs are full right now but as the temperature does continue to rise their levels will drop quickly. A reminder that we are still in a drought and the demand for water downstream, lowers the reservoirs in this higher area.  

With this fire outlook, elected officials are continuously watching fire conditions and monitoring where they are headed so they can best be prepared for what fire restrictions are appropriate to put in place and when it is appropriate to put them in place.  

You can sign up to receive alerts about when fire restrictions are put in place here in the County at summitcounty.org/notifyme. Scroll to Alert Center and select “fire restrictions” to receive email or text alerts. UTAHFIREINFO.gov is a good statewide resource.  

PINEBROOK TOWNHOMES PROJECT 

Up next, the Council also received a briefing from staff and the applicant on a rezone and conditional use permit proposal for a Pinebrook Townhomes project – a 22-unit affordable housing project on Pinebrook Road. 

This was not scheduled for a public hearing yet, so Council did not make any formal decision on the proposal.  The Council discussed their initial impressions of the project to give the applicant and staff direction as to next steps. Ultimately, some expressed a desire to finalize the Moderate Income Housing Plan due at the beginning of October (as required by House Bill 462) before making decisions on any affordable housing projects. 

The individual Council members did provide feedback to the applicant on what could make this project more applicable to the provisions for zoning changes in the general plan. The Council also noted the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission’s negative recommendation on the proposal. 

The developer does reserve the right to get on Council’s agenda to hold a public hearing in the future, but can also modify the project before it is brought back for feedback. Before the Council makes any decision on this rezone request, there will be a public hearing scheduled so stay tuned for more information on this project.

 RESTAURANT TAX GRANTS

And, finally, The Restaurant Tax Advisory Committee presented their 2022 grant recommendations to the Council at this week’s meeting. 

For some context, there were $4m in grant requests from 40 applicants, and just short of $3m was available to award. The committee came to their recommendations after a process that involved six meetings and interviews with each of the 40 applicants.  

Council approved the Committee’s recommendations. To view a full list of funding allocations, visit summitcounty.org and find the news spotlight right there on the homepage!


June 3, 2022 – Hoytsville Mural Dedication, Nightly Rentals Public Hearing & Living with Wildfire



This week we’ll talk about

  • The upcoming Primary Election and important information associated with it.
  • The dedication of the Hoytsville Mural.
  • A legislative review with three of Summit County’s state legislators during County Council.
  • A public hearing on the drafted ordinance on nightly rentals regulation. 
  • Open volunteer positions for the OSAC Regional Advisory Groups.
  • Closure of open burn season for incorporated areas of Summit County.
  • Upcoming Living with Wildfire learning series. 

ELECTION INFORMATION

Alright! First up we want to take a moment to talk about elections. The Primary Election is coming up this month on June 28th! 

Ballots will be mailed out early next week on Tuesday, June 7th. They should arrive in mailboxes later that week or early the next. In the meantime, sample ballots for each precinct are available online at summitcounty.org/281 

We’ll check back in next week to talk about ballot deadlines, Drop Box locations, and where to-vote in person! 

HOYTSVILLE MURAL DEDICATION 

We reported last week about a historical mural being painted at the Summit County Public Works Building in Hoytsville. 

The mural is now complete and it sure is beautiful! Each detail honors the unique history, landscape, and spirit of the area. 

For some context in case you missed it! International Mural Artist, Sasha Primo, was commissioned to complete the mural. He spent three weeks staying with families in Hoytsville to get a better sense of the community and its heritage. He even invited the community to paint the mural with him during two community paint days late last month.  

On Wednesday, June 1, ahead of their regularly scheduled meeting, the County Council formally dedicated the mural with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

In addition to hearing from Sasha about his process, the ceremony also included a land acknowledgment which recognized that the mural was created on the traditional lands of the Ute, Goschute, and Eastern Shoshone tribes. Local tribe members spoke with Sasha to tell stories and share significant symbols to their culture — all of which helped inform the content of the mural. 

A huge thank you to Sasha for being so intentional in his process and for his talents. And, many, many thanks to the local families who hosted him during his stay as well as to those who contributed their knowledge of the area and its history. Thank you to the Arts Council of Park City and Summit County and the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board for making the mural happen.

To reiterate, the mural is really so impressive and a wonderful homage to the history of the Hoytsville area. We highly recommend the Summit County community take time to visit and interact with the art.  

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW

Three of Summit County’s state legislators, Senator Ron Winterton and Representatives Kera Birkeland and Mike Kohler attended this week’s Council meeting to talk about the Utah State Legislature’s general session that happened back in March of this year.

The group spoke about House Bill 462, a bill that imposed new requirements on cities and counties to encourage the development of moderate-income housing, including a provision targeted only at Summit County that requires the County to create a Housing and Transit Reinvestment Zone (HTRZ) in Kimball Junction by the end of this year. 

The County is concerned about our ability to meet the deadlines associated with the bill, particularly the October 1, 2022 deadline for the Moderate Income Housing Plan. The legislators said there was no indication a special session was on the horizon to address the deadline However, Rep. Birkeland has a bill file open to repeal some of the provisions of HB 462 and encouraged us to share with her and the bill drafters the hardships with which we are struggling. 

NIGHTLY RENTALS

A public hearing was held regarding a drafted ordinance that would impose a 7-month moratorium on the issuance of business licenses for nightly rentals if adopted. 

The conversation presented a well-rounded view of the topic. Viewpoints from both the public and council ranged from: 

  • Being against a moratorium because it would incentivize unregulated rentals / people doing things under the table, infringe upon property rights, and hurt real estate sales and local employment
  • To being in support of a moratorium because of how the prominence of short-term rentals negatively affect residential neighborhoods from nuisances such as noise, parking, and trash, to impacting the affordable housing landscape in the County by removing housing stock from the long-term housing market. 

At the end of the night, no formal motion was made. County Manager, Tom Fisher, clarified that, at this time, there was not a majority of the Council in favor of a moratorium on business licenses. 

From here, Tom will bring back information to the Council to clarify the outcomes they desire by putting in place regulations or enhanced licensing. Then, a work group can be formed to begin the process. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months on this topic as the conversation develops. 

OSAC REGIONAL ADVISORY GROUPS

Council officially enacted a Summit County Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) and three Regional Advisory Groups representing each of the North, South, and Western Summit County communities.  

Now, Summit County is seeking to fill 21 vacancies on the Regional Advisory Groups of the Summit County Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC). The purpose of the Regional Advisory Groups is to involve the public in creating, prioritizing, adopting, and recommending Evaluation Standards to OSAC for open space and conservation easements. Meetings will be scheduled on an as-needed basis, and terms will be 1 year for each Regional Advisory Committee.

Summit County is specifically seeking seven (7) members from each area: 

For the West Summit Region, we are seeking 1 representative who resides within the incorporated boundaries of Park City; 1 representative who resides within the boundaries of the unincorporated Snyderville Basin; and 5 at-large community representatives who reside in West Summit. 

For the North Summit Region, we are seeking 1 representative who resides within the incorporated boundaries of Coalville City; 1 representative who resides within the incorporated boundaries of the Town of Henefer; 1 representative who resides within the boundaries of the unincorporated area of North Summit; and 4 at-large community representatives who reside in North Summit.

And, for the South Summit Region, we are seeking 1 representative who resides within the incorporated boundaries of Kamas City; 1 representative who resides within the incorporated boundaries of Oakley City; 1 representative who resides within the incorporated boundaries of Francis City; 1 representative who resides within the boundaries of the unincorporated area of South Summit; and 3 at-large community representatives who reside in South Summit. 

Community representatives wishing to fill an at-large position may be given preference for having knowledge and experience related to agriculture, natural resources, or recreation.

For more information on the positions available: visit bit.ly/GOBond21

These are volunteer positions. Interested applicants can submit an application: https://bit.ly/OSAC22. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2022. 

OPEN BURN SEASON IS OVER

June 1 started the closed fire season which means burn permitting for incorporated areas of Summit County is closed until September 15th.

Unincorporated areas can still burn with a permit. Burn permits are regulated through the State Forester and can be obtained by contacting the County Fire Warden at (435) 640-2075. 

The Fire Warden is available for permits Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Permits are not issued Friday through Sunday. 

Permits are good for three-day periods. Please plan ahead to ensure permits are issued well before your planned burn. Burn permits for weekend burns should be requested by the preceding Wednesday.

LIVING WITH WILDFIRE SERIES 

Speaking of fire, here in Summit County we live with the threat of wildfire all year long. It’s important to stay informed and prepared about what it means to “live with wildfire.” 

Starting this month, and through October, a learning series called Living with Wildfire is happening all throughout the county. The events will teach you about planning for a fire evacuation, how fire affects our watershed, the impacts of the changing climate on our local landscape, and MORE! 

This learning series FREE and OPEN to the public at locations throughout the county.

Events happening this month include: 

  • Two Spanish language events about preparing to protect you and your loved ones in case of a wildfire. The first event is on June 8 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church; and the second is on June 16 at the Kamas Services Building.
  • A Weber Watershed Stakeholder Open House on June 13 at Oakley City Cattleman’s Hall. The event will focus on building resilient watersheds and creating healthy forests. 

For a complete list of events, visit: bit.ly/wildfireseries

 

 


May 27, 2022 – Open Space Advisory Committee, Nightly Rentals & Hoytsville Art Mural



In this week’s episode we’ll talk about:

  • A big grant the County received for watershed restoration and fuel reduction projects
  • The approval of the Summit County Open Space Advisory Committee
  • The Hoytsville Mural being painted on the Public Works building as we speak
  • A County Council recap

UTAH WRI GRANT MONEY  

Some good news to kick things off! Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) awarded $4.6 million dollars in grant funding to support seven major watershed restoration and fuel reduction projects within Summit County, from Parley’s Summit and Weber Canyon to the Provo River Watershed and the North Slope of the Uintas. 

More specifically, the funds include:  

  • $3.2 million for Public Land Wildfire Fuel Reduction in the Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest and on State and Basin Recreation Open Space 
  • $680K for Stream Restoration (specifically for the Weber River, East Canyon Creek, McLeod Creek, and Chalk Creek)  
  • $520K for Community Cost Share Wildfire Fuel Reductions Programs  
  • $264K for the Pinebrook Masters Association  
  • $105K for the Summit Park HOA  
  • $150K for Weber Canyon  

In addition, the funds include: 

  • $150K for Weed Abatement and Amphibian Monitoring  
  • $60K for a Summit County Green Energy Biomass Facility Analysis  
  • $36K for Staffing and Project Management 

So, a big congratulations to Jess Kirby, who heads the Summit County Public Lands Department, for securing $2.1 million of the funds for projects that she is directly involved with. A team of collaborative partners, such as USFS, Utah Dept of Natural Resources, Sageland Collaborative, and Trout Unlimited, will implement projects with the rest of the funds. 

It’s a big step in moving forward with really important work! To date, the public land department has secured $5,005,854 for the Watershed Resilience Fund. 

SUMMIT COUNTY OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE  

More good news for Public Lands, the Council approved Ordinance No. 935, officially enacting a Summit County Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) and three Regional Advisory Groups representing each of the North, South, and Western Summit County communities.  

For some background information in case any of our listeners do not know, in November of 2021 Summit County voters overwhelmingly supported and passed a $50 million countywide General Obligation Bond for open space.  

Since the bond was passed, the County Council has expressed a strong desire to heavily involve the community in the decision-making process for where to spend the bond proceeds, as well as receive extensive public input into the criteria used for evaluating available properties to make sure we are meeting the community’s goals. This is why the Council established OSAC and the regional advisory groups. 

The role of the regional advisory groups will be to develop and recommend selection standards to OSAC to be used in evaluating potential properties for purchase or conservation. OSAC, which will be composed of nine members, three from each of the regional advisory groups, will finalize those standards and use them to advise the Council on which properties to consider for purchase/conservation with the open space bond funds.   

Recruitment is open for volunteers to serve on each of the three (3) regional advisory groups representing North, South, and Western Summit County. All interested residents are encouraged to apply before June 15 at bit.ly/OSCAC22. Members of OSAC will be appointed from these three regional advisory groups. 

HOYTSVILLE MURAL 

In case you haven’t heard, the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board, with support from the Arts Council, has procured an historical mural for the Summit County Public Works Building in Hoytsville. This project was conceived in response to a request from Hoytsville residents for public artwork that honors the unique history, landscape, and spirit of the region.  

International Mural Artist, Sasha Primo has spent the last several weeks staying with families in Hoytsville to get a better sense of the community and its heritage to complete the mural. But he won’t be doing it alone! He invites the community to paint with him! Join Sasha on Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Public Works Building located at 1775 South Hoytsville Road.  

No painting experience is required, and participants need only bring clothes they can paint in, water, sunscreen, hats (weather depending), and their enthusiasm. No need to stay for the entire time! Come for an hour or two and make your mark on this mural that will be part of the North Summit community for years to come! 

The Council will formally dedicate the mural next week on Wednesday, June 1 ahead of their regularly scheduled meeting.  

WIND FARM DEVELOPMENT  

Also at this week’s Council meeting, Enyo Renewable Energy was in front of the Council to discuss their proposed development of a wind farm in the northern part of the County on the Utah/Wyoming border.  

The project includes 31 Turbine Wind Units that will generate approx. 60+ megawatts of power, a solar farm that will generate 50 megawatts of power, and related ancillary infrastructure. It’s expected that the total investment for the project will be approximately $200 million.  

Enyo retained Lewis Young Robertson & Burningham, Inc. (LYRB), a financial advisory firm,  to conduct tax increment modeling and analysis, an energy market study, and a gap analysis in order to portray the feasibility and demand of the project.  

What the firm found is that there is good demand in the market, Utah Energy Companies have specific renewable energy goals to reach within the next decade, and the state offers financial incentives for renewable energy initiatives. However, there is a gap. As it stands, the project is not financially viable by itself; Enyo is looking for local incentives in addition to state incentives and private funding.  

To obtain local incentive that will help fill that gap, Enyo is proposing a partnership with the County that will include public funding for the project in the form of a tax incentive financing mechanism called a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) CRA.  

In terms of what happens from here, Council and Enyo will have to reach an intent resolution which just means intent to study the project further. From there, Enyo will create a project area boundary and provide specific financial models and budgets for that specific area. Stay tuned on more information on this project in the coming months!  

NIGHTLY RENTALS + CONDOTEL MANAGEMENT LICENSES  

Two weeks ago, Council talked about whether or not they’d like to enhance short-term rental regulations in the County by amending both the Snyderville Basin and Eastern Summit County Development Codes on the basis of health, safety, and welfare concerns as the County has seen a large increase in licensed short-term rentals since 2019. 

At that meeting, they asked the Attorney’s Office to prepare a draft ordinance that would suspend the issuance of any new business licenses for the purpose of short term rentals for the next 6 months until they can establish what set of regulations they want to pursue. 

This week, that draft ordinance was presented to the Council for their review. After a lengthy discussion, no action was taken on the ordinance. Instead, the Council asked for a public hearing to be scheduled for their next meeting so they could hear from the community on the issue in order to best inform their decisions moving forward.  

If you would like to provide your input on this issue, the public hearing will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at the Ledges Event Center. The hearing will start after the general public comment period which begins at 6:00 PM. If you can’t make it in person, you can always provide comments via Zoom. Zoom information can be found at the top of every meeting agenda. 

SNYDERVILLE BASIN DEVELOPMENT CODE  

Back in late April, there was a public hearing held on proposed amendments to the Snyderville Basin Development Code with the intention to create water-wise landscaping regulations. Staff took comments made at the hearing back to the office to make necessary adjustments and returned to the Council this week to present an amended version of the ordinance.  

After a lengthy discussion on water rights and the legislature’s role, the Council didn’t take action on adopting the ordinance. Instead, they continued the public hearing on the issue until the June 22nd Council meeting. If you would like to provide input or feedback on this issue, be sure to mark your calendars for that Wednesday!  

EMS UPDATE 

And, finally, County Manager, Tom Fisher, gave a brief update on the EMS Master Planning process at this week’s Council meeting. For some context, we reported on May 13th that there is currently an RFP out to hire an outside consultant who will conduct a master planning process to recommend how the County provides EMS moving forward. Tom shared that the EMS Subcommittee is currently evaluating the bids and should make a selection in the next few weeks. 


May 20, 2022 – Wasatch Back Economic Summit, Council of Governments, 2022 Summit County Rodeo Royalty & more



In this week’s episode we’ll…

  • Recap some big events that happened this past week including the Wasatch Back Economic Summit, a Council of Governments meeting, and the Trails, Tunes, and Trash Event! 
  • Celebrate High Valley Transit Micro’s one year anniversary, congratulate the 2022 Summit County Rodeo Royalty, and talk about Wildfire Awareness Month. 

Wasatch Back Economic Summit 

There was no County Council meeting this week, but on Tuesday (May 17) several members of the Council along with Summit County staff attended the Wasatch Back Economic Summit. The Summit, which Summit County helped sponsor, was a unique regional event that brought together elected officials, industry leaders, and businesses to study and discuss key issues facing Summit and Wasatch counties.

Council chairman, Chris Robinson, spoke on an Elected Officials Panel in the morning, alongside Nann Worel, Park City Mayor, Matt McCormick, Kamas City Mayor, and Mark Nelson, Wasatch County Council. He shared his perspective on regional challenges, opportunities, and unique areas for improvement. 

Jeff Jones, Summit County Economic Development Director; Pat Putt, Summit County Community Development Director; and Caroline Rodriguez, High Valley Transit’s Executive Director, also spoke at the event. 

Pat presented on future growth in the Wasatch Back. With the Wasatch Back being one of the fastest-growing regions in the country, he spoke about how the County plans to manage the growth and maintain our authentic community. He also spoke of development projects that are in the works in Summit County, including the 1,100 bed project at Canyons Village, the Highland Flats employee housing development, the MarketPlace mixed-use development, and the construction of the new High Valley Transit operations facility on the Gilmor parcel. 

Jeff spoke on a panel called “The Future of Employee Retention and Recruitment” he talked about how the pandemic has reset major work trends and how Summit County is rethinking workforce and employee planning, management, performance, and experience strategies. 

And, finally, Caroline spoke about regional transit solutions in the works to better connect Wasatch and Summit County communities. She addressed the challenges, opportunities, plans, and partnerships for future accessibility in the Wasatch Back.

Council of Governments 

Also on Tuesday, the Council of Governments, or COG, met at the Ledges Event Center in Coalville. Derrick Radke, the County’s Public Works Director, was in front of the group to present Road Right-of-Way Preservation Project Funding applications to the COG. 

Only one new application was submitted; it asked the COG to move previously approved monies to preserve land for a future Interchange at Ecker to the project fund for the Silver Creek to Bitner Connector Road. The Council of Governments forwarded a positive recommendation to the Council for the project. If the County Council approves the recommendation, these monies will help secure the final right of way needed for this project, and help pay for the associated land needed for wetland mitigation. 

Derrick also presented Transportation Sales Tax (TST) Project Funding applications. A portion of the TST funds go to the Small Cities to help them with some of their transportation improvement projects. The amount of requested funding exceeded the amount currently allowed under the program. The County Council will have to decide whether or not to approve the entire amount. 

In addition, the COG recommended new funding for the first and second phases of the SR-32 Multiuse Trail, and design monies for two projects applied for by Park City. They also approved reallocation of previously awarded projects related to multimodal/Transportation Demand Management which have become unworkable/unfeasible to be applied to the new High Valley Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility.

Micro One Year Anniversary 

High Valley Transit celebrated the first anniversary of their Microtransit services. In celebration, they shared some impressive stats that illustrated a very successful first year in service. 

Micro completed 152,266 rides; their vans traveled 677,802 miles; their drivers worked 42,900.7 hours; 20,881 High Valley Transit mobile app accounts were created; by the end of the year the service achieved a 4.8/5 star average ride rating. 

Congratulations to them! 

Rodeo Queens Announcement 

Speaking of congratulations…this past weekend, the 2022 Summit County Rodeo Royalty were crowned!

Huge congratulations to:

  • Queen Cheyenne Gawreluk
  • 1st Attendant Jenasi Noss
  • 2nd Attendant Brooke Steinfeldt
  • Princess Quincee Call
  • 1st Attendant Brooklyn Brown
  • 2nd Attendant Nina Hurst

We were in attendance at the event and want to recognize every girl that participated, they did such an amazing job showcasing their talents!

Trails, Trash and Tunes Event 

On Saturday, May 14, families, friends, and Summit County colleagues met up at the Wanship Trailhead for a belated celebration of our trails and the Earth (earth day every day, though right?!).

Nearly 50 people attended the “Trails, Trash and Tunes” event that was hosted by the Summit County Stormwater Coalition and the Summit County Community Development Department.

Kids read books and did arts and crafts supplied by the Library, adults enjoyed beer from Offset Bier, a new Park City brewery, and everyone tapped their toes to music by Summit County resident Andy Bailey.

Huge thanks to Blue Sky, Mountain Town Music, Offset Beer and Mr. Clucker’s Food Truck for contributing to this event’s success!

Wildfire Awareness Month  

And, last but certainly not least, we wanted to remind our listeners that May is Wildfire Awareness Month. Here in Summit County we live with wildfire all year round, so it’s important to stay alert.

Our Department uses several channels to communicate information to the public in both emergency and non-emergency situations (including wildfires). 

We want to take a couple minutes to give an overview of those channels in the hopes that as many people as possible start to utilize them!

  1. EVERBRIDGE: Receive critical information in a variety of emergency situations wherever you specify (i.e. home, mobile or business phones, email address, or text). Sign up at summitcountyalerts.org.
  2. SUMMITALERTA: The bilingual arm of the County’s emergency communications plan, individuals can text summitalerta to 888777 to receive emergency alerts to their phone in Spanish.
  3. SCFIREINFO: A wildfire specific line, residents can text SCFIREINFO to 888777 to receive text alerts on fire conditions (i.e. red flag warnings), prescribed burns, and active fire updates.
  4. NOTIFY ME: Be notified when non-emergency announcements are made from Summit County, via email or text. Things like service delays for trash and recycling or a notification when the Eastern Summit Couny Planning Commission posts an agenda for an upcoming meeting. There are so many different options and you can customize your alerts to what you’re interested in. Sign up at summitcounty.org/notifyme.